March 06, 2017

Future Pioneers

Incoming members of the Class of 2021 share why they chose Lewis & Clark. 


Lewis & Clark students represent the next generation of global thinkers and leaders. No one student here is typical, so we asked five future Pioneers to tell us their stories and share why they will be attending Lewis & Clark this fall. Welcome to the Class of 2021!

Connor O’Brien

Hometown: South Deerfield, Massachusetts
Interests: Biology, Sociology and Anthropology, French

I visited Lewis & Clark last March and immediately fell in love with the school. The campus is beautiful. I think what impressed me most, however, were the people. The person working at the Admissions desk struck up a conversation with me about where I was from, what it was like to live in Portland, and how happy she and her colleagues were that I could make it to campus for a tour. While I was exploring the campus and eating at Templeton, a number of students stopped to introduce themselves and to see if I had any questions about the school. People went out of their way to be friendly. Lewis & Clark is the most welcoming environment I have ever seen.

Sabrina Murray

Hometown: University Place, Washington
Interests: Hispanic Studies, English

I chose Lewis & Clark because of the diversity on campus, the high academic standards, the variety of courses offered, and the study-abroad opportunities. I love the college’s commitment to diversity. I’m also very excited to swim for Lewis & Clark—I’ve met the team and coaches and can’t wait to join the program!

Graham Ring

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Interest: Music

Lewis & Clark was the only college I looked that was both secluded and also in a big city. It has its own campus and environment, but is 10 minutes away from downtown Portland. It’s a perfect combination for studying during the week and exploring during the weekend. The other thing that impressed me was the overall feel on campus. Many colleges just didn’t “feel” right to me during my visits there. L&C felt perfect. 

Lucky Milo Whitburn-Thomas

Hometown: Berkeley, California
Interest: Economics 

I appreciate that Lewis & Clark has a strong desire to diversify the campus. The school really seems to be making an effort to create opportunities for underprivileged students. In particular, I’m drawn to the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement and I’m also pleased that the college has a high number of international students. I want to join the L&C community because it is evolving and seems to be working harder than other liberal arts campuses to make positive changes.

Whitney Burns

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, California 
Interests: Psychology, Political Science

I had been looking at smaller liberal arts schools because I want both to play basketball and get a great education. Just a few hours into my recruiting visit, I could tell that Lewis & Clark was it. The people on campus, especially the girls and coaches in the women’s basketball program, were so friendly that I knew this was the right choice.


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